San Francisco Introduces Pharmaceutical Waste Legislation

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 30, 2014

1 Min Read
San Francisco Introduces Pharmaceutical Waste Legislation

San Francisco has reintroduced an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill to address pharmaceutical waste.

The city and county of San Francisco introduced legislation that would require any pharmaceutical manufacturer in the jurisdiction to participate in a product stewardship program that collects and disposes of unwanted drugs; pays all costs involved with the program; adequately promotes the plan; and disposes of all waste drugs at a permitted hazardous waste facility, according to a news release from the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).

“We not only applaud San Francisco's action, but we also encourage other county, city, and state agencies to follow suit,” the PSI said.

San Francisco introduced the legislation shortly after a federal court upheld neighboring Alameda County’s EPR ordinance, which the pharmaceutical industry was hoping to overturn.

San Francisco is the first local government in the United States to introduce a drug take-back ordinance, but put the legislation on hold when a voluntary pilot program was funded by grants. The new proposed legislation is intended to be a permanent solution for both prescription and over-the-counter medication.

San Francisco is the third municipality in the United States to introduce pharmaceutical waste take-back legislation, after Alameda County and King County, Washington.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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